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Where Are They Now? Anderson Luís de Souza (Deco)

Updated on February 2, 2014
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Anderson Luís de Souza

Anderson Luís de Souza or Deco, started his long and famed career with Corinthians in 1996. He only played 2 games with them before being transferred to Benfica. He never played for Benfica, and was on loan the entire time before going to Porto, where he scored 32 goals in 150 games. During his Porto career he obtained Portuguese citizenship and made his debut for the Portuguese National Team. He was the Man Of The Match in the 2003-2004 Champions League Final with Porto, and was named UEFA's Best Midfielder that same year. 2004 would be his last year with Porto before arriving at Barcelona for 4 years. In those four years he would be named UEFA's Best Midfielder again along with being Barcelona's player of the season in the 2005–06 season and would win the Champions League again. On June 30th, 2008, Deco became the first signing of former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. He scored on his CFC debut with a 30-yarder in a 4-0 win over Portsmouth. After several poor games he was dropped from the starting lineup in the 2008–09 season, however after talks with new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, he stated that he was very happy with Chelsea.

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Fluminense

On 6 August 2010, Deco signed a two-year contract with Brazilian club Fluminense on a free transfer. Once Deco signed with Fluminense, he retired from international soccer, with his last game being in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Deco kept his old number (20) and after breaking into the first team squad, the Tricolor Carioca named him Vice-Captain. Since joining Fluminense he has scored 7 goals in 77 games, while playing more of a senior player holding midfielder role. Unlike Drogba in China, with Deco, Fluminense has seen considerable success. They won the league and Campeonato Carioca in 2012, and were the Campeonato Carioca runner-up in 2011.

Updated - Retirement

On August 26th 2013, Deco officially retired from the sport, finishing a long and trophy-laden career. Deco will go down in history as one of the best attacking midfielders at his time, with 75 caps for his country.

Notable Career Honors:

Porto: Champions League, Primeira Liga (3), Taça de Portugal (3)

Barcelona: La Liga (2), Champions League

Chelsea: Premier League, FA Cup (2)

Fluminense: Serie A (2)

Personal: UEFA Footballer of the Year (03-04), UCL Final Man of the Match (04), UEFA Best Midfielder (03-04, 05-06), Ballon D'Or Runner-Up (04)

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Wait wha? his name isn't.. Deco :o

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      :)

      i watch the brasil serie a, fluminense almost got caught by atletico mineiro . I can't wait till next season. I will be interested in seeing Seedorf at Botafogo as well, but Brazil is getting a lot of players coming back from europe to south america, and a lot of non brazilians. I can't wait for next years carioca and paulista

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      As for Drogba, I will say be patient, people said the same thing about eto'o at Anzhi. Fluminense was a top side before Deco came. The Chinese are trying to overcome the japanese, korean and australian powerhouses of asia. it takes time

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      @Ccahill...ikr

      @Richard-Murray

      I feel that Drogba has taken the one man machine role in China, while Deco has served as the old vet to the younger players in Brazil, which makes a great impact.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      I like that Green and Claret striped kit, is that Fluimenese?

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      It is very nice (not as good as CFCs kits) and on hearing the transfer of Wallace I wonder what impact that will do to Fluimenese

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      @CCahill yes

      @Nlazar

      As you know Flu are flying high, the next step is to repeat and win the Copa Lib. But, next season will be interesting with Botafogo getting a full season of seedorf in the carioca and serie a, as well as atletico mineiro getting a full mineiro and brasilerioa out of ronaldhino . Mocha is leaving for newcastle it seems.

      In all earnest, I think brasilian soccer is growing by leaps, money is coming into brasil and south american expats floundering in UEFA will be available. What do you think of malouda to flu? Deco would know him

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thanks for this, I was wondering where this quicksilver midfield player had gone. A fine passer and scorer I thought he was always a bit overwhelmed by the pace of the English premier but great to see him in the flesh when he was here.

      One of the better creative midfielders of the last ten years. A poor man's Pirlo - no that's a bit cruel.

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      Malouda would be a good fit, as would paulo ferreria who can't sit on the bench forever.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      @Nlazar, Ferriera did good coming off considering:)

      It is amazing that he has been at Chelsea since the Mourinho era. I think FErriera must be involved with the youth well to stay at the club like he has. HE has a brazilian wife so she will not mind coming back home

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      I was surprised to see Ferriera play, and was more surprised to see he still has a good quality of play in him. He must get restless spending all that time on the bench though.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      :) i disagree, if he was so unsatisfied, how did he get to stay at chelsea so long

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      I don't think he is totally unsatisfied, but he must get restless spending so much time on the bench.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      fair enough

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